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Baudoinia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 178
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Baudoinia is a collaboration between Brewmaster Brett Porter and John Laffler. Baudoinia is the name of a fungus that grows on barrels stored low to the ground in distillery rickhouses. Given these barrels uniqueness, they have aged Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout solely in these Baudoinia covered barrels for a new spin on Bourbon County.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-27-2012)
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Reviews by kdmcguire10:
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-15-2013 02:46:28 | More by kdmcguire10
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District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at Madison's, 2014 GToM Eve.

A: Looks like BCBS. It has the thinnest of head, showing a light sand color. Jet black, surface is mostly still, body is viscous/thick. Looks pretty.

S: Restrained bourbon, oak and vanilla, all wonderfully integrated, with the dark chocolate more in a support role.

T: Rich dark cocoa shows through much more than the nose, lots of woody character and delicious bourbon, medium-light sweetness, a hint of anise and coconut, and more cocoa on an exceedingly long and decadent finish. Absolutely no heat or alcohol to this, unlike fresh or a few years old BCBS.

M: Full bodied and velvety, with the light carbonation really spot on. I don't see how they could improve the mouthfeel.

O: Great complexity. Hard to exactly pinpoint how this differs from regular BCBS save for the lack of alcohol taste that BCBS often displays. Exceedingly well balanced and integrated.

08-11-2014 03:42:15 | More by pmarlowe
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-13-2014 13:09:05 | More by Schlais
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Yukon (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

06-13-2013 00:33:21 | More by jaminjohnson
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-15-2013 15:51:29 | More by BigGene
Photo of jeonseh


4.58/5  rDev -0.9%

On-tap in Chicago

A - Looks like BCBS. Dark thick body with a small mocha colored head

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate. Bourbon is more muted than in regular BCBS as it doesn't play as large of a role

T - Caramel, vanilla , and bourbon up front with a light chocolate and coffee aspect as well. Light amount of oak. Reminds me of a chocolate covered caramel. Everything melds together well with this.

MF - Thick body with light sticky vanilla and caramel. The oak leaves a slightly astringent tingle on the tongue. Sweet with a creamy mouthfeel

O - Reminds me of a smoother and slightly sweeter BCBS. The caramel and vanilla makes it sweeter than normal but with less bourbon presence than the normal. This is really good and reminds me a bit of BCBS with a year or two on it.

03-09-2013 03:11:54 | More by jeonseh
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-02-2013 16:36:50 | More by MrMojoRising
Photo of timc100


4.53/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Black with very little head, typical of a goose island BA stout.

S: Very relaxed, balanced, and smooth - like a more chill bourbon county. Sweet barrel notes of vanilla, caramel and coconut are pronounced cleanly. Sweet chocolate and a good amount of fresh coffee.

T: Similar to the nose - a more relaxed and balanced bourbon county. Not much heat at all and no soy sauce feel at all. Very sweet vanilla, caramel and chocolate. The coffee provides a much needed bitterness.

P: Incredibly smooth - like silk. Full mouth feel, not syrupy at all

O: Great BA stout all around. Nothing really jumps out specifically that makes it unique, but nothing takes away from greatness either. Very solid

05-01-2013 00:00:50 | More by timc100
Photo of joeseppy


5/5  rDev +8.2%

On-tap at the Beer Bistro

Perfect mocha head that dissipates into 'swirling cloud formations', on top, as I drank.

Aroma is the half the beauty of enjoying this. Full of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate raisin pastry.

My first impression on taste was, this is BCS lite. Well crafted bourbon, silky cocoa and raisin. As it came up in temp, all the above accentuated into a plethora of pure decadence.

Mouth well blanketed with creamy goodness that lingered. Very rich indeed.

Really close to a BCS. I tend to imagine it maybe a tad better!?! I feel fortunate to have stumbled on this today-maybe a once in a lifetime experience. Besides BCS, this is my favorite craft taste experience.

01-10-2013 03:02:09 | More by joeseppy
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-08-2014 21:49:55 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-05-2014 17:10:29 | More by Chip_K
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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%

Apperance: Tar black with a bit of red on the edges. Superb brown lacing around the edges of the snifter. Not quite as thick as Bourbon County.

Smell: More vanilla and sweet bourbon notes than Bourbon County, which tends to have more fruit and boozy bourbon smells. This is a bit more balanced. Some raisins, but that's about it as far as fruit goes. Very earthy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of vanilla and earthy notes, which I assume come from the fungus in the barrels. Starts a bit thin, but has a nice twang as it warms.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely on the same level as its cousin, Bourbon County Stout. Overall, this is earthier and more subtle.

01-09-2013 22:00:38 | More by tjsdomer2
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New York

3.89/5  rDev -15.8%

Big thanks to Mike for this rarity. This review is from an unlabeled 12oz. bottle filled from a tap. In a 3F wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black and thick with no lace and no head. Huge, oily legs though. Less than average.

Nose is pretty distinct. Whole milk mixed with Bourbon County Stout. Pretty odd but its unique and still pretty appetizing.

Opens sweet chocolate and molasses. Vanilla and cream in the middle with more molasses, chocolate and just a touch of roast. Sweet and boozy at the end with a sticky, chocolate, and dark fruit aftertaste. Pretty similar to BCBS.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and boozy. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. No bubbles at all is a little bit of an issue but this is the style that carries flatness well.

This is a pretty unique take on BCBS. There is a distinct earthiness and whole milk presence that I really like here and I can imagine this is pretty incredible straight off the tap. As is, still solid but the feel and look could use a bit of work.

08-16-2013 00:27:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-13-2014 00:29:45 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

I had the Baudoinia Stout at the new Nevin"s Brew house in Naperville, IL and it was amazing!!! Definitely not a session ale....but definitely worth trying!!! The beer was pouredinto an 8oz sniffer and was pitch black in color with tan head that did not lace. The smell was predominitely bourbon with hints of dark chocolate and roast. The taste mirrored the scent, except that the chocolate and roast was a bit more present. The mouthfeel was a full bodies stout and mild carbonation. Overall it was an amazing beer and Highly recommended to all bourbon barrel stout fans!!!!

12-31-2012 05:45:35 | More by WoodBrew
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-01-2013 07:59:18 | More by leschkie
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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
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